Shirley Rd Chiropractic Blog

What follows are a series of interesting cases or points regarding health care. Please feel free to comment.

Chiropractic and the "unsettled" baby

Chiropractic and the

Recently, I was invited to present a lecture to mothers and mothers-to-be from the Hills District Playgroups Association in Castle Hill. Thanks to Sally for organising the event and thanks to Brent Gordon from Shirley Rd Chiropractic, for preparing such an interesting and engaging multimedia package.

Of the many topics concerning babies and chiropractic, the one that created most interest was deformational plagiocephaly (flat skull as a potential cause/result of an unsettled baby.

Pain medication for headache may increase head pain!

Choice magazine, the well respected, independent assessor of products on the market, has recently published their results on pain medication for headache. They have suggested that analgesic overuse is becoming a "major medical issue" with at least one per cent of the population now suffering from "medication overuse headache" (MOH). These headaches can arise from taking as few as ten doses of painkillers for headaches in a month and the commonly used paracetamol (panadol), NSAIDs (nurofen, voltaren), codeine and triptans are all being implicated.

Age is not a number, but more a determinant of whether we are "nimble on our feet"

Grandmother and boy chiropractic

At the risk of a potential domino effect, I ask 170 retirees to stand on one leg. For those that already aren't too wobbly, I ask them to close their eyes. The room sways... and is soon followed by much laughter.

Last week I was asked to speak to a Probus group at the Castle Hill Community Centre. This is a group of active retirees keen to learn more about themselves, and maintain a fulfilling and active lifestyle. After the laughter settles I discuss the seriousness of not having the ability to maintain posture and balance. One in three adults over the age of 65 suffers from a fall each year and 10% of these falls lead to a significant injury resulting in hospitalisation. Of these, up to 80% do not go home! There is now a slight look of shock amongst the group.

"Baby Talk" at Royal North Shore Private Hospital

Walking too early, babies and chiropractic

Some months ago I was asked to present a lecture at Royal North Shore Private Hospital to the senior midwife educators. The purpose of this lecture was to discuss the relevance of chiropractic in the current environment. Today, I delivered the lecture, with Ashleigh Mundy also in attendance, where there was much interest and excitement in what chiropractic has to offer newborn babies and pregnant mothers.

The lecture focussed on the following issues:

Some months ago I was asked to present a lecture at Royal North Shore Private Hospital to the senior midwife educators. The purpose of this lecture was to discuss the relevance of chiropractic in the current environment. Today, I delivered the lecture, with Ashleigh Mundy also in attendance, where there was much interest and excitement in what chiropractic has to offer newborn babies and pregnant mothers.

The lecture focussed on the following issues:

Reduce the risk of low back injury with spine-sparing movements

Disc above spine

Many people consider that their low back pain was caused by a single incident. However, this is rarely the case. Most peoples' low back pain is from an accumulation of stresses resulting from poor movement patterns and minor lifting strains.

Serious low back injuries such as lumbar disc herniations / protrusions (commonly called "slipped discs") are caused by repeated or prolonged full flexion (or bending) of the lumbar spine. These injuries could often be avoided by following some very simple rules:

Many people consider that their low back pain was caused by a single incident. However, this is rarely the case. Most people's low back pain is from an accumulation of stresses resulting from poor movement patterns and minor lifting strains. Serious low back injuries such as lumbar disc herniations / protrusions (commonly called "slipped discs") are caused by repeated or prolonged full flexion (or bending) of the lumbar spine. These injuries could often be avoided by following some very simple rules:

Touchscreen technology and posture

A recent press release from Gartner, talks about how touchscreen technology has been present in various industrial applications for over 20 years, and that

“Multitouch on smartphones and the Apple iPhone phenomenon have shown users how useful touch can be with the right implementation, and Apple's introduction of the larger iPad has set off a wave of speculation about changing the industry.”

With an increasing use of touchscreen technology in daily life, as well as the work place, it is important to consider your posture, and to ensure that you are not over-doing it, when it comes to sitting or standing in the right position for extended periods.

Flat Head Syndrome and Chiropractic

An article in The Sunday Telegraph this weekend entitled “Beware baby’s bassinet” has hopefully brought attention to the fact that a child’s sleeping position may have serious consequences. The article notes that “Plagiocephaly, better known as Flat Head Syndrome, occurs when a baby’s head flattens due to continual pressure on their soft skulls”. The problem has been more noticeable since parents have been advised to put babies to sleep on their back.

National Chiropractic Care Week 2010

We are in the middle of National Chiropractic Care Week, 2010. The chiropractic profession has concentrated on improving the posture of people in the office, at home, and at school. It is thought that up to 90% of people maintain poor posture during their normal daily activities. The Chiropractors Association of Australia have created a great website that helps you determine if you, your family, friends or work colleagues have good posture. Visit, whatsyourposture.com.au and see how you line up.